The Hush Post: Securing 22 out of the 27 votes in the Chandigarh MC election for a one-year term, BJP councillor Davesh Moudgil defeated Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla, who got only five votes to be elected as the 22nd Mayor of City Beautiful. Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher Kher was present during the voting and accompanied Moudgil to the mayor’s chair after he got elected. She also voted in the election.
Councillors Gurpreet Singh Dhillon and Vinod Aggarwal were elected Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively.14 councillors led by outgoing Mayor Asha Jaswal and former Mayor Arun Sood seemed to be in a bitter mood which led to infighting in the city unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Jaswal and another councillor even filed their nominations for the post of Mayor and Senior Deputy Mayor, causing a lot of embarrassment to the BJP. The rebel BJP group was opposed to the BJP nominating Moudgil, saying he had humiliated the outgoing mayor and other BJP councillors through his actions earlier.
The Jaswal group withdrew their nominations at the last minute on Monday after the BJP central leadership, including Kirron Kher and city unit president Sanjay Tandon, pacified them. The BJP has 20 councillors in the municipal house while its alliance partner Shiromani Akali Dal has one councillor.